Sewing Machine

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Treadle sewing machine, also with electrical motor and foot controller. Black machine with fine thistle decorations in olive, red and gold, gold Singer name plate on body. Drive belt attached. Cast iron treadle and base with Singer insignia on both sides of base. Timber table with hinged lid to cover fold down machine.Six drawers with elaborately carved handles, three on RHS, three on LHS. Also has a box attachments and spare needles: 1 singer oil can; 1 spare belt; 4 bakelite foot stands; 1 tube Singer Motor Lubricant; Instruction book, No.66(1924); Instructions for hemstitching attach. (1922); Instruction book for sewing motor (1922); Instructions for needle threader (1922).
CH classification TEXTILE MACHINERY Sewing Machines singer
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L905 x W435 x H780 mm
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Metal, wood, rubber, bakelite
No. 2068761
Volts 230-250 Cycles 50 and DC Amperes 3. Catalogue B.T.22
History and use
Treadle sewing machines, manufactured by Singer have been used domestically since the nineteenth century. The beautiful thistle decorations in olive red and gold and elaborate carving of the drawers seen on this particular machine show how sewing machines were regarded as important and valued investments for the home.
This particular model, used by a Queensland family, was manufactured in 1922. It is fitted with both a manual treadle and an electric drive. The adaption of sewing machines to use electric motors happened progressively from the 1890s when the first electric sewing machine made by Singer was designed. By the 1920s Singer were producing a range of domestic electric sewing machines. However treadle machines continued being manufactured until the 1930s and were used for even longer, often handed down through families.

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